Mealtime Mama: ‘Sunshine on a Cloudy Day’ Cake

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I recently discovered a cake over the Thanksgiving holiday and my whole family loved it.

If you want a pretty, delicious cake to bring to a Christmas party, this is a good one.

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Cake

1 Yellow cake mix

eggs brown3 eggs

1 can mandarin oranges (don’t drain)

1 large can crushed pineapple (don’t drain)

1 box instant vanilla pudding

1 container of whipped topping

Directions: Blend these ingredients together well: the yellow cake mix, three eggs and mandarin oranges, including the juice. I put my batter into two round pans to make a layer cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until it springs when you press it). Let the cakes cool thoroughly. Thoroughly, mamas! If you don’t, you’ll end up with melty icing. Speaking of icing, you make it by hand mixing together the box of instant pudding (just the powder), the can of crushed pineapple with juice and a container of whipped topping.

This is an awesome treat, I assure you.

Happy baking!

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Mealtime Mama: Oatmeal cookies made by mom

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When my siblings and I go “home” to my parents’ house, we inevitably finish dinner and say we’re craving something sweet.

We often ask our mother to make oatmeal cookies, maybe because she always has the ingredients on hand. Or maybe because, when I bite into one, I seriously feel about 8 years old again. Especially when I eat them warm right out of the oven.

I’ve really been craving those cookies lately, so I’m pretty sure I know what I’m going to ask for the next time I visit.

Shannon’s Mom’s Oatmeal Cookies

quick oats1 stick butter

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

Directions: Beat together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Add flour, soda and salt. Mix well. Add oatmeal and mix. Drop by rounded spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Serve warm and start a new family tradition!

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*This post originally published on nwaMotherlode in May 2013.

The best snow cone stands in Northwest Arkansas!

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There seems to be a snow cone stand on every corner, which makes us HAPPY. We love a sweet, syrupy snow cone in the summer!

That said, we polled our Facebook friends to find the best snow cones in NWA. They suggested several great ones plus we went out and did a little research of our own over the weekend.

We found these cuties at Shave the Planet (in the Hobby Lobby parking lot) on College Avenue in Fayetteville. They are eating Funky Monkey, Invisible Cherry and Root Beer. Isn’t “invisible” cherry a genius idea? Right after we snapped this pic, the little girl in the middle spilled it right down the front of her outfit. Wet and sticky, yes, but not red!

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Why don’t you join us in eating at as many snow cone stands as possible around NWA?! Here’s a short list of recommended stops (updated):

  • Sam’s Sno Cones, northwest corner of Mission and Crossover, Fayetteville
  • Tropical Sno, Joyce Blvd. (near TJ Maxx) and in Fiesta Square (off College) in Fayetteville
  • Frozen Tung, Southwest A Street, Bentonville
  • The Chill Zone, near the Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad, Bentonville
  • The Frozen Coconut, downtown Rogers off North 2nd Street (across from Harps, near the Rogers Activity Center)
  • The Sugar Shack at Golf Mountain, 1115 N. Dixieland, Lowell
  • Shave the Planet, three locations, College Avenue (Hobby Lobby parking lot) Fayetteville; in Jose’s parking lot in Springdale (off Sunset, just off I-540); and at the corner of Backus Avenue and Thompson (71b) in Springdale (across from AQ Chicken)
  • Cam’s Mountain Snow, Frisco Station Mall parking lot, Rogers (off Walnut)

Did we miss your favorite? Tell us about it comments so we’ll all know where to find it! We’d also love to know your favorite flavor!

Sam's Snow Cones

Mealtime Mama: Truffle eggs for Easter brunch

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Our foodie friend, Ceri Wilkin (who blogs at Recipe Doodle) sent us this awesome recipe for truffle eggs. Aren’t they beautiful?

Ceri said these adorable eggs are fun (and easy) to make — plus they taste delicious!

Truffle Eggs

1/4 cup cream

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons nutella

1/2 pound white candy coating disks

5 to 6 drops of blue food coloring

1/2 to 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

Directions: In a saucepan, bring the cream, butter and corn syrup to a boil. Add chocolate and nutella and remove from the heat (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk until combined.

Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate for 45 to 60 minutes or until thickened, stirring every 15 minutes.

Shape 1 tablespoon of chocolate mixture into an egg. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture. Refrigerate until firm, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy coating, stir until smooth. Stir in food coloring. Dip eggs into cane coating, allow excess to drip off. Return to baking sheet and immediately sprinkle with coffee granules. Let stand until set.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home, Easter Recipe Cards, April 2012

ceriMore about Ceri: I am a wife, mother and recipe follower. For years I have tackled one new recipe a day – some are fabulous, some are not. In a past life I was an Occupational Therapist, Rugby and Netball player, Belly Dancer, lesson taker of golf, tennis and wine appreciation. My Husband owns Pizzerias, my Father was a butcher, my Mother a caterer, my older Brother makes the absolute best birthday cakes and desserts you will ever taste, my younger Brother owns restaurants in New Zealand and my kids love to eat. (Find more of Ceri’s great recipes at Recipe Doodle)

Mealtime Mama: A frozen treat like Wendy’s Frosty

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The fact that Spring Break starts today — coupled with the extra sunshine — has us thinking about frozen treats.

Here’s a recipe that’s supposed to taste just like a Wendy’s Frosty, so if  you have an ice cream maker, pull that baby out, dust her off, and try this:

Ice Cream (like Wendy’s)

Image converted using ifftoany1/2 can sweetened condensed milk

1 tub Cool Whip

1/2 gallon chocolate milk

Directions: Mix the sweetened condensed milk and Cool Whip together. Add chocolate milk to the mixture, stir, then pour it into the ice cream maker. Start the ice cream maker, using salt and ice as you would with any other ice cream recipe.

Recipe via Mya Lane from the Feeding the Flock cookbook from the flock at First Baptist Church of Verdigris (Oklahoma)

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